05 July 2009

The Twists and Turns of Side Streets and Dark Alleys

I have never stayed on the main road for too long. The little side streets, the tangents of life are too intriguing.

In my career I sidetracked for a long time, which ultimately helped put me on the main road again with more horsepower and sharper vision.

But sometimes there are places I'd rather not explore. Some of those places are dark lanes in old Cahors, just feet from the lively and friendly market place, which teems with life and flavor and the more guttural accent of the Midi Pyrenees. (Some friends had a close call near here a few years back. We are vigilant.)

So I took photographs instead, and found this one intriguing with its rosy hues.

Not much time to cook just now.

18 comments:

toni said...

Beautiful photo, Mimi. Sometimes it's better to photograph, and sometimes it's better to cook.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Thank you, Toni.

I have been relying on simple things like deli potato salad and fruit lately. Life gets so busy!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

You really HAVE been MIA, haven't you? That's OK tho. You gotta do what you gotta do...I took months off from blogging last year. Too drained from everything else going on.
Deli stuff works for me, even when I'm NOT really busy! Those rotisserie chickens are the best!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Hi Cyn! I'm ashamed of my inactivity. But life is busy right now. Job life, that is. We expect an extended weekend break in a few weeks. Looking forward to it!

Alain said...

Hey Mimi, you are perfectly ENTITLED to slow-downs in your production rythms.
And sometimes there is a real feeling of being burned-out after years of blogging. All of us need a rest from time to time. It helps to put things in perspective.
I personally have been working on 3 blogging projects for the last 4 months and I have not been able to publish any of them (Crus du Beaujolais, History of French restaurants in Chicago,and brandade de morue)in spite of hundreds of pages of research on these topics.
So, relax, enjoy your potatoe salad and deli, and come back to us when you feel like it.
Sometime "prendre de la distance vis a vis du sujet" is essential to start again on the right foot.
Alain

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Yes, oui, merci, Alain!

I will look forward to those posts you are working on!

Is there not a French expression, something to do with retreating to come back stronger? Always something I have done at various times in m life...

Bella said...

Beautiful photo. And I agree about the side streets in life. I've been on several here the last couple of years. :)

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I think I found the courage to take some side streets because of something I read about some entertainer years ago. Maybe it was Marilyn Monroe taking acting lessons, or something like that. Sometimes the detours are more interesting than the main road.

Alain said...

Mimi,

I think that the French expression you are refering to is: ''S'arrêter pour repartir de plus belle'' meaning: To stop while doing something then to start again in an even stronger way...

Alain

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I think that must be it, Alain!

Merci!

Judy said...

I love your photo. Congrats on your anniversary. Mine came and went too. Just very busy these days. I've taken some time off so I'm not posting or visiting as often. I think I just got drained and so for behind on things that should be done.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Ditto for me, Judy!

Work and life get in the way of blogging. But I miss it, and all my blogger friends.

vagabondgourmand said...

Mimi - We all follow your posts, whenever you have time in your busy life. J'epère que ça va! Taking the sideroads has become my habit, realizing that the "journey is more interesting than the destination"... M*

vagabondgourmand said...

Mimi - We all follow your posts, whenever you have time in your busy life. J'epère que ça va! Taking the sideroads has become my habit, realizing that the "journey is more interesting than the destination"... M*

vagabondgourmand said...

Ho, quick correction...sorry, my message should have read: j'espère...M*

T. said...

I LOVE this photo and totally love your blog!

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